Promoting healthy lifestyles for children & families


An Update on the Use and Value of School BMI Screening, Surveillance, and Reporting: Article

As more schools institute BMI screening and surveillance systems, their role has become more controversial, prompting growing and detailed discussion of whether or not this is a supportive action.

Fruits and Vegetables and WIC

Fruits and vegetables are essential for the promotion of health and the prevention of chronic disease. Higher intake of fruits and vegetables has been associated with reduced risk of cardiovascular disease, cancer, and ischemic strokes —the three leading causes of death in the United States.

Lower-Fat Dairy and WIC

Dairy foods are important in a healthy diet—as long as they are lower-fat dairy. Whole-fat dairy products are high in saturated fats, which have been shown to raise blood cholesterol and increase the risk of heart disease. Whole-fat milk and cheese are among the leading sources of saturated fat in American diets.

Whole Grains and WIC

When grains are processed or refined, most of the bran and some of the germ are removed, eliminating most of the beneficial parts of the grain. Whole grains, and foods made from them, include the entire germ seed, usually called the kernel, which consists of the bran, the germ, and the endosperm.

Worksite Wellness Programs and WIC

Poor nutrition and physical inactivity have been clearly implicated in the epidemic of obesity that has spread among both children and adults. For adults, the worksite is a logical focus for programs to improve health habits in ways that encourage healthy weight.

Potential Impact of Menu Labeling of Fast Foods in California

To understand the range of possible consumption and weight outcomes of providing calorie information on menu boards, "Potential Impact of Menu Labeling of Fast Foods in California" explores different assumptions about the percentage of people who frequent fast food restaurants and see calorie information.

How School Nurses and School-Based Health Centers Can Help Prevent Childhood Obesity

How School Nurses and School-Based Health Centers Can Help Prevent Childhood Obesity, published in August, 2008, by the Center for Health and Health Care in Schools at George Washington University recommends ways to involve school-based health professionals, such as school nurses, in reducing overweight and obesity among children.